About Travis

I'm an Instructional Technologist at Smith College, and a doctoral candidate in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I see education as the cornerstone of a democratic civil society and I’m committed to fostering equity and inclusion in the classroom. In the past, I have worked at the UMass Amherst Instructional Media Lab, have … Continue reading About Travis

The Values of Writing Across the Curriculum

Silences and occlusions represent ideological positions in the Writing Across the Curriculum movement. Several major professional associations have taken-up WAC through issuing position statements: NCTE, CCCC, CWPA, NWP, and INWAC. Presences and absences in this discourse suggest tensions embedded in WAC’s historical development, and provide insight into the state of the present movement in three … Continue reading The Values of Writing Across the Curriculum

Make a Better Writing Assignment by Design

I work with a lot of instructors who use writing in their teaching. One of the challenges of teaching with writing is that without the right kinds of support, students might struggle to accomplish learning outcomes, get frustrated about the writing process, and result in more work for teachers when it's time to give feedback. By situating … Continue reading Make a Better Writing Assignment by Design

Build More Collaboration into Your Online Class

Just because you're teaching an online class doesn't mean you can't have students work and learn together. As I'm building an online class in preparation this summer, I'm also trying to plan activities that students can do in collaboration with each other and to contribute to content of the course. My post on GradHacker discusses … Continue reading Build More Collaboration into Your Online Class

Give Your Syllabus an Extreme Redesign for the New Year

Who says that your syllabus should only be used on the first day of class? Perhaps it's an issue of design. After getting some inspiration from a post on Creative Approaches to the Syllabus, I decided to undertake a full redesign of my syllabus, including visual design. My post on GradHacker has some tips on making a … Continue reading Give Your Syllabus an Extreme Redesign for the New Year

Hacking Your Course Documents: Rethinking Design for Syllabi

Taking some inspiration from a ProfHacker blog post on doing an "extreme makeover" for syllabi, I worked with hari stephen kumar on a variety of design methods for both syllabi and assignment sheets for our own College Writing courses. Our changes included playing with layout, adding images and visual metaphors, incorporating color, and in hari’s … Continue reading Hacking Your Course Documents: Rethinking Design for Syllabi